Lifestyle and home remedies

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Depending on your condition, your doctor may recommend lifestyle changes, including:

  • Controlling your high blood pressure. If you have high blood pressure, take your medications as prescribed and check your blood pressure regularly. Record the results. Ask your doctor for guidelines regarding your optimal blood pressure.
  • Controlling other medical conditions. Control any underlying medical conditions, such as controlling your glucose levels if you have diabetes.
  • Avoiding the cause of your condition. If your condition is due to drugs, allergens or high altitudes, avoid these to minimize further damage to your lungs.
  • Quitting smoking. If you smoke, quit smoking.
  • Eating a healthy diet. Your doctor may recommend that you follow a low-salt diet. Ask for a referral to a dietitian if you need help evaluating the salt content in foods. Also eat a healthy diet of fruits, vegetables and whole grains.
  • Maintaining a healthy weight and exercising. Maintain a healthy weight and exercise regularly.
July 24, 2014